During the history, many invasions forced the
local populations in this area to find refuge on the hills. The strategic
value of these fortified settlements lasted during the whole of the medieval
times and part of the Renaissance, notably during the religious wars. Gordes
is a typical example of such a 'perched' and fortified settlement.
Gordes is today with its picturesque location
on the top of the hill listed as one of the most beautiful villages
in France. The architectural sights of Gordes are the castle and the church
which dominate over the settlement. What we see on the surface of the hill
is not the all what is Gordes - Gordes use to be settlement caved in to
the hill, the part of the underground labyrinth is today open for visit.
Nearby the Gordes is interesting village Lacoste
and famous Abbey de Senanque.